No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

After I came home from our Aruba trip, I had to make something with my Vita-Mix.  I just had to turn on the beast.

It had been 3 whole weeks and my hearing had normalized so any sane woman would turn her Vita on at 2am after being awake for 24+ hours if she was apart from her beloved appliance for 3 weeks, right?

I looked around the kitchen and my vat of coconut flakes and coconut oil were calling out to be used.

MY OTHER RECIPES

If you like cookie dough, infused with the flavors of coconut, these are for you.  The coconut flavor is present, but not overpowering, and I love the combo of coconut + cookie dough + chocolate.

And if you “don’t like coconut”, well, try it again. You’ll come around. I sure have over the years.

And if you still don’t like coconut there’s just more of these for the rest of us. Fine by me!

For the non-cocnut fans, you make these non-coconutty raw vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls instead.

And for the coconut lovers, enjoy the recipe.

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No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Ingredients:

2/3 c cashews (unsalted, and raw if possible)

1/4 c coconut flakes (unsweetened or sweetened)

2 tbsp oats (whole, rolled not quick cook)

3 tbsp agave or maple syrup (or combination)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut oil (optional, and if using it and batter gets too wet after adding, add a pinch more dried coconut flakes, oats, or cashews and re-blend)

1/4 to 1/3 c chocolate chips or chunks

Yields: approximately 16-18 bites

Directions:

First add cashews, coconut flakes, and oats to Vita-Mix or food processor and grind into a fine powder.  Then, add the agave, vanilla extract, and coconut oil, and blend again.  Finally, the chocolate chips and either stir in by hand or barely blend/pulse until incorporated.  Retain some texture to the chips or chunks.

Remove the dough and form into cookie bites.  If dough is soft or hard to work with, refrigerate/freeze for 20 minutes prior to forming into bites.

Optional Ideas:

After the bites are formed, drizzle them with dark or white chocolate by melting 1/4 c dark/white chocolate.  With a spoon, drizzle chocolate over the top of the bites (see here for an example) Or, dip each bite entirely into chocolate.

Add dried coconut flakes to each bite by rolling them in coconut flakes at the end.

Dust finished bites with cocoa or carob powder.

Store the dough bites in refrigerator or freezer.

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Pop a coconut cookie dough bite, or four, as a snack.

A snack that happens to be vegan, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and that you can make in 5 minutes.  I promise they don’t taste “healthy” or “healthified” even though that description made them sound like they may.

Or eat them as dessert.

At 4am after a long night out.  Or for breakfast with coffee.  Mmm, good.

Or really just any time the Cookie Dough Monster comes calling.  Which, for me, is quite frequently.

I store all my bites and balls in the freezer so that I have a wide variety and assortment of different flavors on hand, at all times.  Freezing has no effect on the taste, IMO.  Major blessing. My grandma used to keep about 17 different types of cookies in her deep freeze in Folger’s Coffee cans and I suppose raw vegan cookie dough bites in the freezer is really just a new variation on her very old theme.

That way if I am feeling like No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

or No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough

I can just pop of few of whatever flavors I want rather than having to make from scratch at a moment’s notice and you know how it is when you get that sudden craving!

Now I can add coconut flavored dough to my recipe arsenal.  An to the freezer.  That makes me happy.

I am also adding this recipe to my Coconut Recipes post so if need ideas for how to use Coconut Oil or Coconut Flakes, I’ve got plenty of suggestions with photos there.

As well as to my No Bake/Raw Dessert Balls & Bites compilation post with photos, too.

I’m glad you liked my last post, Powder, and the product reviews.

Questions:

1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

Making, and eating, these coconut and chocolate chip cookie dough bites ranked right up there.

As well as enjoying the sunny, albeit cool-ish, weather.

After being in Aruba for 3 weeks, 70F and no humidity in San Diego feels cool.  Spoiled, yes.

And I went and did something fun Saturday afternoon.   More on that in my next post.

2. Do you like coconut flavored things?

I never used to like coconut but as time has gone on I like it more and more.

Now, I can’t really “taste” coconut oil in recipes the way I used to be able to about five years ago.

In fact, I have come to adore coconut oil in desserts.  Or for roasting veggies.

But raw vegan coconut oil chocolate is a favorite of mine.

Chocolate recipes using coconut oil trumps using it for veggie-roasting in my book.

 

3. Favorite kind of cookies or cookie dough?

Fill me in and inspire me to create something else!

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from this weekend, here are mine since Friday:

89 comments on “No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites”

  1. I love coconut! I don’t REALLY like the texture of shredded coconut, but I can handle a bit… I grew up spending summers in Hawaii and my grandpa had a coconut tree in his back yard – we’d hammer them open and drink the coconut water – YUM!

  2. those look SO good. I love cookie dough (but know how bad it is to eat raw), so those treats look particularly appealing :)

    You have a vita mix! Very cool – I rely on my magic bullet.

  3. Lovee coconut!! Those No Bake Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites sound fab! I love pretty much all cookies. :) Lately I’ve been in a peanut butter cookie mood. There’s a bakery I go to that makes peanut butter oatmeal cookies that are amazing especially when they’re warm.

  4. Just bookmarked this and making them ASAP! It’s funny.. I just bookmarked your non-coconut version of these.. but I think these are more up my alley. I adore coconut.

    1. Hmm.. I had my favorite thing on the menu at one of my favorite places to eat in Richmond–the famed vegan caeser salad. I asked them if they could give me the recipe since I’m moving. Alas, they didn’t, but they did have someone come out of the kitchen to give me some tips on how they prep the tofu for it. I also went to First Fridays yesterday, which is a monthly artwalk. Lots of people, art, and a really great energy. Today I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile–to shop and say our “see you laters” since I’m moving away :)

    2. I sho do ;)

    3. I bet a chai-spiced cookie dough would be awesome! I made these chai-spiced shortbread cookies once and they were incredible! Or how about a white chocolate chip macadamia cookie dough? Or a biscotti inspired one? That’d be yummy :) Whatever you make is yummy though!

    XOXO!

    p.s. I have a feeling that you and Skylar will have a bond that will last for eternity. There may be some bumps in the road as she gets older, who knows really, but in the end she will always love you. I dunno.. I just see the two of you growing closer and closer as time goes by, and you both already have such a strong connection. Your adoration of her is so beautiful, and I love that you just let her be her wonderful self :)

    p.s.s. glad you and the family had a safe trip back, and enjoyed your vacation in Aruba!

  5. I absolutely adore all things coconut! I made Mama Pea’s coconut chai a few days ago, and seriously fell in love :)

    I’m going to have to learn to make these dough balls asap, I’m thinking that keeping a few different flavors in the freezer is a pretty fabulous idea…

    as far as new flavors… what about black forest, salted caramel, or mexican hot chocolate? Ginger snap? espresso? the possibilities are endless…

  6. The best thing I did this weekend was watch my Dad cook steak at a local celebration at my gym. It was a steak and lobster night! I had an amazing time, but I had to turn in early. I have another shift tomorrow!

  7. Yum! Chocolate and coconut is one delicious combination. I don’t understand why so many people don’t like coconut!

  8. I do love anything coconut. Always have, always will! :D You know what’s weird?! this may just be MY observation–but it seems like almost NO males like coconut! haha strange….these look delicious Averie! And the photos are lovely.

  9. Haha I love how your vita = the beast. A vita mix is going to be my next big purchase! My magic bullet died on me recently and I am literally tearing up that I cannot make these balls of deliciousness. Oh also my grandma freezes cookies too and that way she’s always prepared when company stops by! So cute :)

  10. Yumsiii! I love all your dough balls, they look delicious! And i like that you use a little oat in them, oat makes everything good!
    I love coconut! I use coconut oil all the time! And i love milk/cream in soups. And coconut butter is a new favorit that I just cant get enough of!
    The best thing I ate this weekend was the chocolate mousse I made yesterday. I ate a big bowl, and enjoyed every single spoon of it! mmhm

  11. You should make a Monster Cookie Dough Bites – you know, with M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Mmm :)

    Open a bakery!!!

  12. haha, you weren’t kidding when you said you had a “vat” of coconut! all the better to bake with and experiment with!
    i do like coconut flavour. i think my favourite is coconut pattie chocolates. they date back to the 70s in florida…quite unbeatable.
    i have two types of choco chip cookie in my freezer, currently. a household staple!
    enjoy your sunday! looking forward to hearing about your saturday outing!

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  16. Holy moly, I guess that’s a vat of coconut flakes! haha. I’m so bummed I just used the last of my coconut last night or else these would be considered made. I LOVE coconut. Always have. And these bits look just perfect.
    I’m also big on freezing stuff. Freeze all my muffins that I make. Why leave them out and have week-old tasting muffins after a week when I can pop them in the freezer and have fresh-tasting muffins a week later?! The cookies, not so much. Unless I’m trying to keep them for myself and not share with the rest of the family :P If I put stuff in the freezer no one touches it!

  17. I LOVE coconut. These are a must try for me. Favorite cookie might just have to be a plain old chocolate chip. Or maybe a choc. chip dough ball :) Best thing I ate was definitely the Tamale Pie I made last night from Mama Pea. So good!

  18. those coconut cookie dough bites sounds amazing! I would love to eat all those right now :)

  19. I have to make these!!!

  20. I used to hate coconut with a passion, but lately I’ve been coming around to the taste. There are so many ways to use it and it goes so well with sweet flavors! Totally normal to turn on the Vita at 2am when you came home… oh the comforts of home. ;)

  21. Oh my gosh, these look SO good and I actually have all the ingredients on hand. Might actually make them in like 15 minutes once I’m done cleaning out my reader…actually I think I definitely will. Mike needs a homecoming present!!

    Best thing I ate this weekend was hands down that cake yesterday. Oh my gosh, Averie, you would have died…it was like four inches of frosting with white chocolate curls all over it. Bliss.

  22. I can practically taste the melty chocolate and coconut… love that flavor pairing! :)

  23. I LOOOVE your cookie dough bites. When I made them 2 summers ago, it was love at first bite! :)

  24. I love coconut! I also love molasses-flavored things.

  25. I love cookie dough and coconut! In fact, I just discovered So Delicious coconut milk cookie dough ice cream and it’s AMAZING!

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